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The Separation Between Church and State ~ Good for Both

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Author: Marty Martorella

There is a reason that the Founding Fathers supported a separation between Church and State. They feared that unelected religious figures would unduly control our government and dictate to the public how they must live while others feared that the government would corrupt the Church. I submit to you that both are the true reasons for a wall between the Church and the State. Only a fool or an insecure individual would want to tear down that wall.

The question which I pose to Christians who want to remove this wall is this, if there is no wall, then the state can dictate to the church who can be their clergy, that is to say that no denomination could exclude female or gay ministers. What is more, if there is no wall, then Sharia laws could be imposed upon the nation. Do these Conservatives really want to chance that?

I know that some would like to see denominations forced to accept clergy without consideration of sex or orientation, but then when the Far-right is in control as now, they could force laws which would enforce a moral code which many would, to say the least, find undesirable. In short, that wall was placed in the Constitution to protect both the religious and the non-religious.

Trump made a move that will likely ignite a conversation about the separation of church and state.

Trump recently told religious leaders he wants to “totally destroy” a 1954 U.S. law barring churches and other religious institutions from religious activity if they want to keep tax-exempt status.

Even the Right-wing hero Ronald Reagan believed that it was important to have that wall between the State and the Church.  For he said, “We establish no religion in this country.  We command no worship.  We mandate no belief, nor will we ever.  Church and State are to remain separate.”   Many a Christian is uncomfortable with Muslims, Gays and many others, yet they want to have the State force prayer and religious study in the public schools.  Do they really want a Muslim to be teaching their children about Christ?  Where there is nothing wrong with a Muslim teacher or a Christian teacher for that matter, there is something desperately wrong with someone giving religious instruction in a manor that differs from the beliefs of the parents.  The same is true with the politician making laws regarding the religious morality of the citizenry.  If there is no wall between the Church and State, then the State can dictate a whole host of things to the Church.  You see, our Founding Fathers knew that the danger went both ways, for they had seen what happened in Europe over the centuries without such a wall.  In short, this is one wall that should never be tore down.

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